Chris Wells writes:
Political watchers in Thanet could be forgiven for rubbing their eyes and wondering if they were experiencing an upside down world of dreams this week. The Conservative administration at Thanet District Council put forward plans to build new, affordable, family homes, to help house more comfortably some of the 5,000 or so people on the housing waiting list for the area; and the local Labour party protested and campaigned against new social housing.
So, is this the same Labour Party:
- Which wanted larger and fewer flats in Cliftonville? Yes – but here they campaign against the provision of new affordable family homes, and only want flats!
- Who opposes shared service housing as 'the beginning of privatisation of council housing?' Yes – but here they oppose a nationally recognised and registered social landlord, cynically describing them as developers rather than the affordable housing provider they are!
- Which backed their former government's stance to build on green belt land to provide necessary social housing? Yes – but here a brown field site, formerly housing, is hailed as 'peerless' green space!
- Who nationally has repeatedly supported the ability to gift land to Registered Social Landlords to make social housing more affordable? Yes – but here local Labour attempt tarnish of this commonly used policy as unusual.
- Whose local Leader and Deputy Leader live in the leafy avenues of Cliftonville East and Broadstairs? Yes – and perhaps there's the clue as to how far these champagne socialists have moved from understanding the needs of those on the housing waiting list and in particular families desperate need for better housing. Instead they offer Daily Mail like attitudes, chanting not in my back yard at every opportunity.
If you want someone to get on with the job of improving people's lives, best vote Conservative.
As a famous meerkat might once have summarised: 'Simples'.